12/12/2013 12:48 pm ET Updated Dec 12, 2013

Teacher Lillian Gomez, Accused Of Force-Feeding Special Needs Student Hot Sauce Crayons, Rehired

A Florida teacher who was fired last year for allegedly force-feeding a special needs student crayons soaked in hot sauce is returning back to work.

Lillian Gomez was fired from Sunrise Elementary School in Kissimmee after she was accused of force-feeding her autistic student crayons and Play Doh soaked for days in hot sauce, WFTV reported.

Gomez denied force-feeding the student, claiming that the hot sauce was used as a preventative measure to stop the student from eating crayons.

In a surprising decision made in August of last year, an appellate judge ruled that the teacher should not only get her job back, but that the district would have no say in the matter, according to ABC News.

On Wednesday, a WFTV reporter learned that not only will Gomez be rehired by the district, but will retain a teaching role in the classroom.

A document obtained by the news station showed the district spent $50,000 on lawyers in the fight to keep Gomez fired.

Jose Holguin, the father of a 5-year-old who was in Gomez's class, expressed outrage.

"She proved already that she's a danger inside a classroom," Holguin said. "What else can she do to prove to the system that she doesn't have it?"

It is unclear when Gomez will begin teaching again.



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